Monday, July 4, 2011

Lost Gem: "Damaged" - Blue Oyster Cult (1998)

"But I'm a howler monkey.  Moreau's half & half-man."
--> Blue Oyster Cult <--

I've always been a fan of Blue Oyster Cult.

But sometime in the eighties, BOC sorta fell off my rocknroll radar after back-to-back (to back)...dud releases.

It was only by lucky accident, I stumbled upon their "Heaven Forbid"(1998) CD and was able to take it with me on a 3 hour Tulsa road-trip.  Surprise!

Blue Oyster Cult are swinging their scythes again.
Original members...Eric Bloom and Buck Dharma...have unburied the coffin.

LOST GEM--> "Damaged" <-- is classic Buck Dharma with an agenda. Bruising churn & burn riffs quickly push a left-of-center intro out of the way.
Hey, I admit it. I thought this band was over the hill.
But these cemetery chord bangers are fit...and don't they know it.

Have you heard this gem?

Wish I was a better person
With more control
Turn the other cheek
When the punch comes, roll
Wish I was a kinder person
Could see the others pain
Not overreact, never judge
Shrug off the spreadin' stain

But I'm a howler monkey
Moreau's half & half-man
A panther with its tail in a trap
A pumped up pyramid of pulsing glands

I'm damaged, and I like it
It made me what I am
I'm damaged, and I like it
The rest is just a sham
I'm damaged, and I like it
I live for rock 'n' roll
I'm damaged, and I like it
It thrills me to the soul.

Yeah, I told girlfriend I was gonna change
Gonna kick the habit and the taste
Trust me baby, this time it's real
There's a big part of me I've yet to waste
Don't give up baby, don't turn your back
I ain't no wailin' lost cause
I'll toss the pipe and heal the tracks
As long as you don't mind the blood
On my hands, drippin' down the back that's right

D-a-m-a-g-e-d damaged is what I am
D-a-m-a-g-e-d damaged is what I am
D-a-m-a-g-e-d damaged is what I am
What I am.

Good stuff!

Casey Chambers

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